The Essential Davidson

The Essential Davidson

by Donald Davidson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199288852

ISBN-13: 9780199288854

Pub. Date: 02/23/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Essential Davidson compiles the most celebrated papers of one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. It distills Donald Davidson's seminal contributions to our understanding of ourselves, from three decades of essays, into one thematically organized collection. A new, specially written introduction by Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, two of the

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The Essential Davidson compiles the most celebrated papers of one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. It distills Donald Davidson's seminal contributions to our understanding of ourselves, from three decades of essays, into one thematically organized collection. A new, specially written introduction by Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, two of the world's leading authorities on his work, offers a guide through the ideas and arguments, shows how they interconnect, and reveals the systematic coherence of Davidson's worldview.
Davidson's philosophical program is organized around two connected projects. The first is that of understanding the nature of human agency. The second is that of understanding the nature and function of language, and its relation to the world. Accordingly, the first part of the book presents Davidson's investigation of reasons, causes, and intentions, which revolutionized the philosophy of action. This leads to his notable doctrine of anomalous monism, the view that all mental events are physical events, but that the mental cannot be reduced to the physical. The second part of the book presents the famous essays in which Davidson set out his highly original and influential philosophy of language, which founds the theory of meaning on the theory of truth.
These fifteen classic essays will be invaluable for anyone interested in the study of mind and language. Fascinating though they are individually, it is only when drawn together that there emerges a compelling picture of man as a rational linguistic animal whose thoughts, though not reducible to the material, are part of the fabric of the world, and whose knowledge of his own mind, the minds of others, and the world around him is as fundamental to his nature as the power of thought and speech itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199288854
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Actions, reasons, and causes23
2The logical form of action sentences with criticism, comment, and defence50
3How is weakness of the will possible?72
4The individuation of events90
5Mental events105
Appendix : Emeroses by other names119
6Intending122
7Paradoxes of irrationality138
8Truth and meaning155
9On saying that171
10Radical interpretation184
11On the very idea of a conceptual scheme196
12What metaphors mean209
13A coherence theory of truth and knowledge225
Appendix : afterthoughts238
14First person authority242
15A nice derangement of epitaphs251
Contents list of volumes of essays267

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